On International Women's Day, 8 March 2012, the theme is "empowering rural women: ending hunger and poverty". This theme resonates strongly with the work we do.
Our Country manager for Papua New Guinea, Ms Emily Flowers, extended her busy-as-usual schedule to arrange for some of the women involved in ACIAR projects to meet with Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, The Hon Richarld Marles MP, as part of Australia Week celebrations in PNG.
Some of these women are farmers, and some are members of the nations leading female agricultural researchers. They participated in a photo shoot, the results of which we take great pleasure in sharing with our blog readers.
Mr Marles tweeted about the opportunity he had to meet some of the 'outstanding women in the PNG agricultural sector at the ACIAR-supported photo exhibition'. (Follow Richard Marles on Twitter)
"PNG women play a critical role in agriculture.
It is one of the nation's most significant industries
and supports up to 85 per cent of the population,"
During the past 50 years, agricultural research and development has been pivotal in more than doubling gross world food production.
Women, primarily on small farms, provide up to 80 percent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 percent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region (1).
The role of these PNG women, as is the case with all involved in ACIAR projects, is key to ending hunger and poverty by overcoming current barriers to agricultural production and supply.
More information & resources:
(1) The Lancet and University College of London Institute for Global Health Commission, Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change (2009).
Alexandra Bagnara, ACIAR Science Communicator